Books

The books I read in February

books FebruaryA few days ago I wrote about three of the books I read in January and today I am going to tell you about three of the books I read in February!

February started with The Secret Library by Oliver Tearle. This book was a present from my good friend Gillian. It is a very interesting books about books (haha!). Oliver Tearle goes through notable titles that have shaped the world’s literature throughout the centuries, as well as the most astonishing or interesting paradoxes, secrets or misconceptions that are related to books or writers. Of course it is more focused on literature written in the English language, but there are small parts in the beginning and the end about books written in other languages. If you are interested in trivia about books and fascinating details, don’t hesitate to get this book in your hands!

I continued with Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon. This writer is a legend. Even if this book is something I would have probably enjoyed more while lying at the beach and enjoying the sun (a time when my attention is rather diverted to the beautiful surroundings), it is still a book you can’t let down until it is finished. The plot evolves fast and the characters are so nicely explained, so that the story captivated me to the point of reading it in a day! The main hero is Jennifer Parker, a lawyer who leads a difficult but absolutely interesting life.

The third and last book I would like to comment in this post is The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Mme Ramotswe is the first female detective in Botswana. Her cases are down-to-earth about problems that affect ordinary people. The way she solves them is usually funny and leads to a good but also ethically correct end. Definitely a nice book to read!

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The books I read in January

As I explained in the few words about myself, I am a book-lover or a book-eater as we call it in Greek.

Since we are already in March, I will just go fast through the books I read during January of this year and which are worth mentioning. In this post I will comment only some of the English books I read during the first month of 2018.

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I started this year with the book: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. It was published in 1981 and is about Ignatius J. Reilly, a highly intelligent (or too crazy) and educated person that is a bit special and resembles the famous Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory series. He can’t control what he says and he sees a different aspect of the world than ordinary people. Throughout the story he gets himself several times in trouble which are either comical or tragic, depending on the point of view. I have to admit I didn’t like him as a person, but I rather felt pity for his mother.

I had heard a lot about this book, or to be correct about this writer. He tried to publish his manuscript but he didn’t receive any serious attention by the publishers. He became so depressed and in the end committed suicide in 1969. Years later, his mother made efforts for her son’s manuscript to be published and she succeeded. Toole was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981, 12 years after his own death. Isn’t that totally tragic?

I continued with Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. This book is usually featured in the classic book lists and is somewhat the prequel of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Rhys wanted to write the story of the first wife of Rochester. Her name was Antoinette Cosway and is a Creole from Jamaica.  Creole means that she is a descendant of the older generation of English settlers in Jamaica, whom the new generation of settlers, such as Rochester himself, considered as inferior. It is a rather sad story, which verifies the impression the reader usually gets of Rochester from Jane Eyre.

Finally, I read Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins (in its Greek translation). This was another strange book. The main character is Sissy Hankshaw, an extremely beautiful girl with a special characteristic: two huge thumbs that resemble fat sausages. She is a professional hitchhiker, a part-time model and an occasional cowgirl. I did not give this book more than 2 stars in Goodreads. It annoyed me. I found that Tim Robbins has immense encyclopedic knowledge, but he has a tendency to include information in between the actual plot chapters that is irrelevant. This  seemed to be funny in the beginning, but one that soon turned into an annoyance.  In addition, all the characters in the story are bizarre. I got the impression the writer was trying to combine as many strange characters as possible, in order to make his novel interesting. Oh well, it did not convince me that he succeeded…

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Books: The Beginning

I was introduced to books as an infant by my parents. They are proud owners of almost a thousand books, but I can’t say I have read all of them. Nevertheless, I have emerged myself in several of them and it is thanks to them that I discovered a magical world, where everything is possible. Books are the necessary ticket to enter that world.

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I read several genres and more or less whatever falls in my hands. I started from famous modern greek writers thanks to my dad and I have gone through classic greek literature thanks to school. Since I started choosing my books myself, I love mystery books and can’t stop reading epic series. In more recent years, I discovered that fantasy can be addictive as well.

Nevertheless, there are some genres that I don’t enjoy and I really avoid. These include chic-lit (boring sorry…) and horror (too scary for me!). But of course if you like these kind of books, I don’t have any comment. Reading any book is better than reading none!

I am reading fluently in Greek and English and a bit slower in French, German and Dutch. Although I would love to read a hundred books per year, I am too slow (or too busy) for that. In good periods I can read more than 50 books per year, but of course there have been several bad periods. In 2013 I came across Goodreads and I fell in love with it instantly! You can see my profile in Goodreads here.